ATTORNEY MARTIN E. REGAN, JR. CLEARS GRETNA MAN OF HOMICIDE CHARGE.
On December 5, 2010, Carl Grant was gunned down by two assailants on Cook Street in Gretna. A disturbance broke out in the Cozy Kid Lounge when Grant acting as the MC Rapper belted out the lyrics to a “JUVENILE” rap song that offended members of the crowd. The lyrics showed disrespect to those that lived in Algiers and the West Bank of Jefferson. The Gretna Police Department responded within minutes of the shooting and interviewed over twenty people. Jason Elliot and Adrian Williams were arrested shortly thereafter when positively identified as the two killers.
Dr. Karen Ross, M.D., a forensic pathologist testified that the victim had been shot over a half-dozen times by two different nine millimeter handguns. She said that a series of these shots were fired at point blank range into the victim’s body from only inches away. Two other wounds, she declared, were possibly caused by shots fired from a further distance.
Originally, Elliot and Williams went to trial together. Shortly after the trial began trial Judge Ross Ledart of the 24th Judicial District Court was left with no other option but to declare a mistrial due to threats of violence towards defense witnesses. The two men thereafter received separate trials with Williams’ being tried first. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The state then turned its sights on Jason Elliot. Elliot’s trial began this week on September 10, 2013, in the same courtroom in which Williams had been tried. After four days of heated litigation,Jason Elliot was acquitted by a Jury of Twelve.
Jason Elliot’s defense attorney, Martin E. Regan, Jr., attributes the acquittal to six hours of intense and detailed cross examination of the state’s eye witnesses. He exposed the fallacy of the prosecution’s eye witness identification. Regan’s devastation of the state’s case resulted in Jason Elliot’s acquittal in less than thirty minutes.
Prepared: 14 September 2013